Our transformation as the sons and daughters of God comes through the “renewing of our minds” (1). Our new heart that we receive from God through faith is that fountain of new thoughts based in truth that feeds our minds. Believing that we have been given a new heart makes our transformation possible. This process in the Christian walk is called putting “on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (2).
“In the image of its Creator.” We, His sons and daughters, are being transformed into the image of our Creator! That is the true walk of the Christian. As we look at our Savior’s glorious image, and walk in His way by believing Him, we are changed into that same image through His Spirit in us! “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (3).
This Is Difficult for Some to Believe
Some will gainsay and resist this truth and say, “No, no one can be changed into the image of God.” They are speaking for themselves, for those doubt-filled words have sealed their fate. And “the fearful and unbelieving” will have no place in His kingdom (4).
But those who believe the report of the true prophets and apostles of God will be changed into His image. That is the belief and the promise of the Savior and His apostles. “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (I Cor. 15: 49). This is the truth that renews our minds, thereby changing us.
We Are Led by Our Thoughts
Our change starts with our thinking. We are led by our thoughts. We started out our earthly walk by thinking naturally, which is thinking derived from the input of our five senses. Natural thinking says, If I can’t hear it, see it, taste it, touch it, or smell it, then fit must not be real or worth anything.
This empirical thinking would be absolutely correct if that was all life was made up of. But think on this a minute. This belief–if I can’t observe it, then it must not exist–this thinking is so prideful, as if they are the supremest of beings, and the whole world revolves around them and their wee little minds. That is the wisdom of the world, the wisdom from beneath. It tries to put the invisible God in a black box, stuffed way back in a dank warehouse for the politically-incorrect.
But millions of lives that He has touched are rising from the graves of their doubts and are putting on their new self, created by His Spirit through belief in His resurrection–in them! They will rise up and expose the natural thinkers as the liars that they are. As Ezekiel saw into our day, the bones of His chosen ones are rising up, and they shall come together into one body with one Spirit leading them. And they will be grateful for their new start, created in His image, transformed by a transfusion of life-giving truth. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- Rom 12: 2
- Col. 3: 10
- 2 Cor. 3: 18
- Rev. 21: 8
- I Cor. 15: 49